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Storms, Effects of Hurricane, to Affect Maine this Weekend


August 21, 2009

3:30 PM


AUGUSTA, MAINE – The effects of Hurricane Bill and unrelated severe summer storms will affect different sections of Maine this weekend. Maine Emergency Management Agency joins with the National Weather Service to remind Mainers to pay close attention to weather forecasts and conditions in their areas, and observe all safety precautions.

"The phrase for the next few days is 'Pay attention,'" says MEMA Director Rob McAleer. “Whether you are a visitor to Maine or a resident, stay alert to conditions in your area, and follow all official safety advisories.”

According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms will affect parts of the State Friday and Saturday afternoon and evening. These may bring locally heavy rains, gusty winds, lightning and hail. “We know many Mainers and visitors will be enjoying the outdoors this weekend,” McAleer said. “Everyone should remain alert for sudden storms, and take shelter immediately if thunder is heard.”

On Sunday, Hurricane Bill passing to our east, coupled with an astronomical high tide, may cause some coastal erosion and splashover at the time of high tide, first around 2 am and then around 2 pm Sunday. Surf will be unusually high, attracting sightseers and creating a potential hazard for boaters unused to the conditions.

“High surf is beautiful, but also incredibly powerful and dangerous,” says MEMA Director McAleer. “Admire it from a distance. Boaters and all maritime interests should observe all safety precautions, and follow all instructions and recommendations issued by the Coast Guard or local harbormasters.”

Additional safety and preparedness information can be found online at:

National Weather Service forecast offices:

MEMA has stayed in close touch with the National Weather Service forecast offices in Gray and Caribou this week as Hurricane Bill’s track turned to the northeast. Conference calls were held Thursday and Friday with the NWS, County Emergency Management Agencies and emergency response team members. All coastal counties and communities have reviewed their hurricane contingency plans, and all parties will be monitoring the progress and effects of Hurricane Bill throughout the weekend.





Last update: 07/20/10